What is Eco-School?
Eco-Schools is an international programme of the Foundation for Environmental Education that aims to “empower students to be the change our sustainable world needs by engaging them in fun, action-orientated, and socially responsible learning.”
Eco-Schools is a seven-step framework that thousands of schools, nurseries and colleges around the world use to introduce, manage and complete environmental actions in their organisation and local community. Uniquely, the Seven Steps aim to place young people at the heart of these environmental actions. This approach engages, motivates and empowers young people to care for our planet now and throughout their lifetimes.
Here at Alexandra, we are in the process of working through the seven steps.
How does Eco-Schools work at APS?
There is an Eco Squad member in each classroom from Year 1 to Year 6. We hold regular meetings where we discuss what can be done in our school and local community to help the environment. To achieve a Green Flag and become an Eco-School we must choose and develop our school in 3 of the following topics:
Biodiversity, Energy, Litter, Waste, Transport, Water, School Grounds, Healthy Living and Global Citizenship.
What is discussed in our meetings is then shared back to each member’s individual classes so that every child, their parents and staff members can be a part of making our school an Eco-School. The Eco squad use a display boards in school that shares all our successes as well as regularly submitting articles in our newsletter and sharing information in assemblies.